Large numbers of Sudanese people are dying in a refugee camp near the South Sudan. As many as four children are dying each day at the Batil camp. Over 170,000 people have left for camps in South Sudan after fighting began north of the border.
“What we are seeing here in this camp in nothing short of a humanitarian catastrophe,” Helen Patterson, medical coordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Most of those who’ve died in the camp are children under the age of five. MSF believes that diarrhea is the likely cause. Malnutrition is also playing a large role, since 28% of the children at Batil are malnourished.
The camp hold 34,000 people, and the death rate is twice as high as the threshold at which an emergency is declared.
Many of the people at the camp take weeks to get there. Some die along the way. The children who make the journey are often dying of starvation by the time they arrive. The situation is dire.
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